Angelina Jolie, Richard Dawkins In Verbal Spar Over Children Believing Santa Claus and Fairy Tales

Actress Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the World Premiere Of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)
Actress Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the World Premiere Of Disney’s “Maleficent” at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie are in a verbal spar over whether or not children should be taught about Santa Claus and fairy tales.

Jolie—who stars in the new film Maleficent, a spin on the Sleeping Beauty story—recently said fairy tales play an important role in how she raises her six children.

“There are morals in these stories, and you want a little magic—it’s important to have something that we’re a little bit in awe of,” she told Psychologies magazine.

The 39-year-old actress was responding to the 73-year-old scientist’s talk at the Cheltenham Science Festival last week.

“Is it a good thing to go along with the fantasies of childhood, magical as they are?” the father of one asked. “Or should we be fostering a spirit of skepticism? I think it’s rather pernicious to inculcate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism—we get enough of that anyway.”

Dawkins faced a backlash for his comments; former Labour MP Tom Watson even called him a “soulless bore.”

Jolie added: “The other day, one of the kids lost a tooth and I talked about the tooth fairy. Half of them are old enough to think: ‘What are you talking about?’ yet they’re still not sure there isn’t something. And I’m not lying to them. I say, ‘I really can’t tell you. I don’t really know. Mothers are sworn to secrecy.’ ”

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SOURCE: Charisma News
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